About the Series
This three-part special follow best-selling British author, journalist and popular TV personality Dr. Michael Mosley as he conducts experiments on himself to improve his health and discovers how the human body works.
“I have always been interested in self-experimentation as a research device because so many of the most important discoveries came from scientists and doctors who used themselves as test subjects,” Mosley says, “but I had never before performed a series of trials on my own health.” He says that when routine blood work last year revealed troubling signs — including borderline diabetes and high cholesterol — his doctor recommended medications. “But I chose instead to seek out doctors and scientists doing cutting-edge research into these problems, which so many others face as well, and use these specials to demonstrate the journey I took to find those solutions.”
Eat, Fast & Live Longer
Michael Mosley has set himself a truly ambitious goal: he wants to live longer, stay younger and lose weight in the bargain. And he wants to make as few changes to his life as possible along the way. He discovers the powerful new science behind the ancient idea of fasting. And he thinks he's found a way of doing it that still allows him to enjoy his food. Michael tests out the science of fasting on himself - with life changing results.
What's really going on inside your stomach? In this one off special for BBC4 Michael Mosley offers up his own guts to find out. Spending the day as an exhibit at the Science Museum in London he swallows a tiny camera and uses the latest in imaging technology to get a unique view of his innards digesting his food. He discovers pools of concentrated acid and meters of writhing tubing which is home to its own ecosystem. Michael Mosley lays bare the mysteries of the digestive system - and reveals a complexity and intelligence in the human gut that science is only just beginning to uncover.
The Truth About Exercise
With only a third of the population doing the recommended 2 ½ hours a week, Michael Mosley investigates the latest scientific research that could bring the health benefits of exercise to those who don't or won't join a gym or go jogging. Offering himself up as a human guinea pig, Michael meets the scientists who have developed a radical new exercise regime that can deliver many of the important health benefits of exercise in just three minutes a week. Combining that with the power of fidgeting, Michael Mosley discovers how exercise can become a way of life.